Programme: PhD Veterinary Science Production Animal Studies

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Code Faculty
08261009 Faculty of Veterinary Science
Credits Duration NQF level
Minimum duration of study: 3 years Total credits: 360 NQF level:  10

Programme information

This programme is offered by the Department of Production Animal Studies.

The PhD degree is conferred by virtue of the successful completion of a thesis and the submission of proof of acceptance of an article for publication issued by an accredited journal. Consult the General Regulations.

The research topic will be determined in consultation with the relevant head of department, following which the research projects will be approved in terms of Faculty guidelines and the General Regulations. Each candidate must satisfy the relevant head of department that he or she is working at an institution with the necessary facilities, to enable him or her to complete the work required for the degree satisfactorily.

Admission requirements

  • Subject to the stipulations of the applicable General Regulations, a candidate must hold an applicable master’s degree to qualify for admission to study for the PhD degree.
  • Students will be required to submit a project concept note as part of the application, for consideration for admission.

Additional requirements

It remains the prerogative of the relevant head of department to require an admissions test prior to registration for the degree study, in addition to the regulatory requirements. A pass in a proficiency test in English (TOEFL) at an acceptable level may also be required, especially in the case of international candidates.

Research information

Before or on submission of the final copy of the thesis, a student must submit proof of acceptance of an article for publication issued by an accredited journal, to the Head: Student Administration (UP General Regulation G.51). The accepted article should be based on the research that the student has conducted for the thesis and should have been approved by the supervisor concerned. The supervisor shall be responsible for ensuring that the article has been taken through all the processes of revision and resubmission, as may be necessary. In exceptional cases the Dean may allow a student to graduate subject to UP Regulations. 

Also consult the General Regulations with regard to the submission and technical editing of the thesis.

The information published here is subject to change and may be amended after the publication of this information. The General Regulations (G Regulations) apply to all faculties of the University of Pretoria. It is expected of students to familiarise themselves well with these regulations as well as with the information contained in the General Rules section. Ignorance concerning these regulations and rules will not be accepted as an excuse for any transgression.

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